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rec·ti·tude

 (rĕk′tĭ-to͞od′, -tyo͞od′)
n.
1. Moral uprightness; righteousness.
2. The quality or condition of being correct in judgment.
3. The quality of being straight.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin rēctitūdō, from Latin rēctus, straight; see reg- in Indo-European roots.]

rec′ti·tu′di·nous adj.

rectitude

(ˈrɛktɪˌtjuːd)
n
1. moral or religious correctness
2. correctness of judgment
[C15: from Late Latin rectitūdō, from Latin rectus right, straight, from regere to rule]

rec•ti•tude

(ˈrɛk tɪˌtud, -ˌtyud)

n.
1. rightness of principle or conduct; moral virtue; righteousness.
2. correctness.
3. straightness.
[1400–50; < Middle French < Late Latin rēctitūdō straightness < Latin rēct(us) right]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.rectitude - righteousness as a consequence of being honorable and honestrectitude - righteousness as a consequence of being honorable and honest
righteousness - adhering to moral principles

rectitude

rectitude

noun
The quality or state of being morally sound:
Translations

rectitude

[ˈrektɪtjuːd] N (frm) → rectitud f

rectitude

rectitude

[ˈrɛktɪˌtjuːd] n (frm) → rettitudine f
References in classic literature ?
It is all done out of sheer rectitude--out of a rectitude which is magnified to the point of the younger son believing that he has been RIGHTLY sold, and that it is simply idyllic for the victim to rejoice when he is made over into pledge.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by the Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these United Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.
Young as he is, that lad's notions of moral rectitude I defy you ever to eradicate."
This had always been a principle in the Dodson family; it was one form if that sense of honor and rectitude which was a proud tradition in such families,--a tradition which has been the salt of our provincial society.